Based on the fascinating real life connection between the modern day scientist Dr. Anne Adams and world famous composer Maurice Ravel, UnRavelled is an essential new play about love, art, science and who we are on the most profound level.
EXTRAORDINARY. The cast is superb, the script important, and, for this critic, the most satisfying piece of theatre he has seen in very nearly a year. Impeccably produced and performed.”
Incorporating research and interviews conducted by Jake Broder as a Hellman Visiting Artist at UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center, UnRavelled explores the fascinating connection between the work of Canadian painter Anne Adams (1940–2007) and French composer Maurice Ravel (1875–1937), both of whom lived with the same rare brain disease.
According to GBHI co-director Dr. Bruce Miller, “Ravel and Dr. Adams were in the early stages of primary progressive aphasia, a form of frontotemporal dementia, when they were working. The disease apparently altered circuits in their brains, changing the connections between the front and back parts and resulting in a torrent of creativity.”
“EXTRAORDINARY. The cast is superb, the script important, and, for this critic, the most satisfying piece of theatre he has seen in very nearly a year. Impeccably produced and performed.” — Theatre Notes
“REMARKABLE… erudite, emotional and often genuinely funny… easily one of the best and most thought-provoking plays of the past year.” — Arts Beat L.A.
“IMPORTANT AND MOVING… superb performances… touches the heart and mind… A production not to be missed.” — Broadway to Vegas
“EXCELLENT… POIGNANT… helm[ed] with compassion and respect… a production not to be missed.” — Splash Magazines
“A DARING AND DYNAMIC VISUAL DELIGHT… thoroughly engrossing – both intellectually and emotionally… an invigorating piece.” — Stage and Cinema
“BRILLIANTLY PORTRAYED… I found myself totally pulled into the characters and their stories.” — Culver City News
“THE MYSTERIES OF CREATIVITY… explores two case studies in brain science that echo uncannily across time… [strong] writing and performances.” — Los Angeles Times
Live Virtual Event
“UnRavelled in Conversation: Creativity, Love & Dementia” will take place on Saturday, June 26 at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET. The panel discussion, which features NYPD Blue and Deadwood creator David Milch who is currently living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, is offered as an adjunct to the virtual premiere of UnRavelled, a new drama about creativity and the mysteries of dementia currently streaming through June 30. Learn more and register for the free event.
• David Milch, creator of TV’s NYPD Blue and Deadwood, who is currently living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.
• Bruce Miller, co-director of the Global Brain Health Institute at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and Trinity College Dublin
• Lucy Davenport, actor and star of the play, UnRavelled
• Jake Broder, playwright, UnRavelled
• Moderator: Stefanie Piña-Escudero, geriatrician and Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
“UnRavelled in Conversation: Creativity, Love & Dementia” (live event): Saturday, June 26 at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET.
UnRavelled (the play) streams on demand now through June 30
Guests are encouraged to watch the 90-minute streaming play (available below) in advance of the live event.
UnRavelled in Conversation: Creativity, Love & Dementia
On Saturday, June 26 at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET, GBHI will host UnRavelled in Conversation: Creativity, Love & Dementia. The panel discussion will include David Milch, Bruce Miller, Jake Broder, Lucy Davenport, and moderator Stefanie Piña Escudero.